The Steelers will practice from 115-315pm today in preparation for the Atlanta Falcons.
-Not practicing yesterday due to injury were Ike Taylor, James Harrison, William Gay and Marcus Gilbert. Cam Heyward, Ben Roethlisberger and Heath Miller did not practice for non-injury reasons.
-Not practicing for the Falcons were Julio Jones (hip) and safety William Moore (foot). Limited were the Falcons other two top receivers Harry Douglas and Roddy White.
-We can look at the Falcons injuries one of two ways; despite their talents, White and Jones will not be 100% but the other side says “who really is 100% this time of year anyway?”
-Congrats to Le’Veon Bell who was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
-The Steelers special teams unit is always on high alert for good return men but they’ll face on of the all-time greats in Devin Hester on Sunday. If they have a code higher than “high alert” I suggest they use it.
-The Steelers lead the all-time series against Atlanta 12-2-1. They are 6-2 playing in Atlanta.
-Series Highs: PASSING PIT Tommy Maddox 473 yards (2002), ATL Steve Bartkowski 416 yards (1981)… RECEIVING PIT Plaxico Burress 253 yards (2002), ATL Terance Mathis 166 (2002)… RUSHING PIT Franco Harris 141 (1974), ATL Warrick Dunn 129 (2002)
-Ben Roethlisberger is 275 passing yards from surpassing his Steelers single-season record of 4,328 in 2009.
-The Steelers are averaging 27.8 points per game. Should they finish there or higher that would be the highest average in team history.
-The offense is also on pace to break several other offensive records including most first downs in a season, most average yards per game in a season and highest average for passing yards per game.
-Really good stuff here from Teresa Varley at steelers.com on Kelvin Beachum.
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